At Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi, you can find a private beach, luxe suites, a 24-hour butler service, and eight dining options established by world-renowned chefs—and these are only some of the perks of staying at this five-star oasis. What’s more, the Emirates Palace Gazebo is also hosting the wildly popular Candlelight series.
If you have yet to behold the Swarovski chandeliers, eye-catching arches, and fountains of the modern structure, you can see the hotel on a guided tour, take a taxi to the entrance on West Corniche Road, or take one of the public buses.
Candlelight concerts continue to dazzle audiences worldwide. Music lovers can also experience these enchanting performances at this stunning venue in Abu Dhabi. Find your seat surrounded by the warm glow of countless candles and fall under the spell of classical takes on legendary songs and compositions. From tributes to modern music stars like Coldplay to classical music legends like Mozart, Chopin and Beethoven, Candlelight covers a wide range of genres.
Facts, Curiosities, and Interesting Things about Emirates Palace
1. A serious undertaking
Opened in 2005 thanks to $3bn worth of work carried out by a workforce of 20,000, the hotel is managed by Mandarin Oriental and owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that things like indigenous Arabian therapies and 85 hectares of garden space can be found here.
2. Behind the design
The hotel’s Arabesque-style architecture is brought to life by manicured gardens and stands out thanks to its impressive dome following a geometric pattern adorned in gold. Designed by renowned architect John Elliott, it is one of Abu Dhabi’s most famous landmarks.
3. Brushes with fame
‘Brushes’ is actually an understatement given that the hotel has welcomed UAE royalty and celebrities such as Orlando Bloom, Will Smith, Naomi Watts, and Dwayne Johnson. At this paradise along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea, you never know who you might spot.
What else can you do at Emirates Palace?
Exploring the hotel on foot alone can prove to be a workout in itself as it covers 1,000ha. Even if you’re not a guest, you can still visit its restaurants and spa or take a private tour. Emirates Palace is a family-friendly place with activities such as paddle boarding and a kids zone on site. Feel like a change of scenery? You can also visit the nearby Louvre Abu Dhabi, see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or be blown away by Ferrari World.
One of the best ways to appreciate the stunning setting is by attending a unique Candlelight performance. The blend of thousands of candles, striking architecture, and soothing melodies creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. What’s more, the Candlelight series is also illuminating other venues in the capital.